Claudia Graziano is the fashion and lifestyle blogger behind Human Hanger. Based in Los Angeles, she’s always on the lookout for the next wellness treatments and habits to try, and her style epitomizes California cool. Today, she’s teaching us how to take care of ourselves despite a hectic lifestyle. Scroll through to learn more.
I am a firm believer in making resolutions once a year to both to better yourself and see how far you’ve come as a person since the previous year. The big difference is I like to make resolutions on my birthday instead of New Year's Eve. After all, your birthday is your own New Year, am I right? Plus, there’s nothing worse than making a gym-related resolution and it being completely packed for your first two weeks while trying to stick to it. I don’t know about you guys, but I completely abandon all New Year’s resolutions within two to three months of making them. (My gym membership is more of a monthly donation to LA Fitness at this point.) In an effort to actually keep my resolutions I’m sharing them with you guys so you can force me to be accountable.
Appreciate my family
I’m an only child and very close with both of my parents, but as you get older and busier, it’s easy to get caught up in your own life and forget to look around. My parents had me much later than most of my friends' parents, so my parents and grandmother getting older is something that has always given me terrible anxiety. (It’s especially hard when you live on the other side of the country.) This year, I’m going to make much more effort to spend time catching up with my family and finding ways to show them that I care.
Give back to the community
There are a lot of issues I feel strongly about, and this year I want to spend more time volunteering. Los Angeles has a huge homeless population and a large portion of these people are veterans, which makes me sick to my stomach. It’s so sad that these people risked their lives for our country and now have literally nothing.
Get more sleep
I know the secret to success on this one is put my phone down at least 30 minutes before bed, but it’s so hard when there are so many good memes my friends need to be tagged in. I can be a complete potato all day but come 11 p.m., I can think of 400 things I should do. Maybe I’ll wash my bedding so I can’t sleep even if I want to. Totally logical thought process.
Drink more water
This is something most people have as a resolution but always falls through the cracks. I only know one person who drinks enough water and it’s my friend and photographer Lauren. We always joke her spirit animal is a camel. (Would any of you be interested in a post on ways to get yourself to drink more water?)
Not sure if this is just a general girl problem, but I can spend hours getting ready. It’s mostly a waste of time and why I’m ALWAYS late. (I don’t even have anyone to impress so what am I getting ready for?) Cue the next resolution…
Be more punctual
Translation: At least try to be on time. Once I got used to the fact that I was always late, I stopped even trying to be on time. My friends are going to give up on me soon if I don’t change my ways.
Wear my glasses
Everyone in my apartment complex thinks I’m the friendliest girl in the world. I wave at people I don’t know 24/7 because I think they’re someone else because I can’t see. (While we’re on the subject of wearing glasses, I should probably wear my retainer more too… if I can find it! Ugh!)
Also, generally make an effort to learn something new every day. I’d love to learn a language or know more about geography. I also love politics. (Love to hate, hate to love is more accurate.)
My monetary habits are terrifying. I'm the queen of the world for a week after payday, then it’s ramen noodles for the other three weeks.
One of my best friends, Michelle, got me a planner for my birthday. I’m going to try to stick to using it. That and answer my emails as soon as I get them. I have a bad habit of opening them, answering the easy ones, and marking the complicated ones as unread and then forgetting about them.
I’m sure I’m missing plenty of things, but for now this is a good place to start. I’d love to hear the resolutions you all have made or plan to make. If you think of a good one, leave a comment and let me know, please!
This story originally appeared on Human Hanger and has been edited for content.